A husband and wife try to reinvigorate their relationship but their lives are threatened by a "friend" from the husband's past who holds a horrifying secret about him, sending their world into a tailspin.
A husband and wife try to reinvigorate their relationship but their lives are threatened by a "friend" from the husband's past who holds a horrifying secret about him, sending their world into a tailspin. less
“Captivating in abundance, The Gift keeps you hooked throughout!”
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Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) make an interesting couple. They live in a house with a glass door. Interesting already? Whatever happened to the concept of privacy. Anyway, their life is tense - Simon baying for promotion, Robyn dealing with a miscarriage - it is also tense given they've moved from Chicago to LA. They have an uneasy accidental meet-up with Simon's childhood friend/classmate Gordo (Joe Edgerton). Things get weirder when Gordo starts giving them gifts, unexpected, and his obsession slowly starts creeping them out. Then the lines of friction between the couple are strained a little further when Gordo indicates towards a past shared between him and Simon, something sinister enough for him to say he is going to let go of whatever happened. What wickedness did Simon pull? Is Gordo the bad guy or the vulnerable good guy? Is charm a veil? Many such questions will trouble you as the movie goes on.
The beauty of the gift, from debutant director Edgerton is that it has clever twists overlying a standard template. He uses your familiarity with the subject carefully, to his advantage. He lets your expectations and assumptions play with your head and then finds weird ways to surprise you. Also, it is a grey movie, where there is no black or white, where the stalker is not necessarily shown as a bad guy. The wife is not a tourist in the movie. Her role is important and it slowly gets heavier as she gets involved in the past shared by the two men. Besides the standard thriller movie shots that make you sit up on the edge, The Gift also gives you a genuine story, woven from a very relatable bully-victim relationship, the kind most people would have come across in their life at some point.
The movie doesn't even let you walk out in peace resolving the whole issue. That is where it is different from gory revenge thrillers, like say Cape Fear. Instead, it leaves you to choose sides and decide for yourself where can one draw the line. That blurriness used to explain a marriage relationship in which a woman is already troubled makes the movie interesting. While the movie doesn't end as a masterpiece, like say a Gone Girl, it will give you enough satisfaction. These days that might be worth taking, no?